Commenting on Scottish Care’s latest Nursing Data report published today [Saturday], Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Scotland Director, Theresa Fyffe, said:
“This report shows the scale of the nursing challenge facing Scotland’s care services.
“A 20% vacancy rate; 64% of nurses over the age of 45 and 91% of providers struggling to recruit nursing staff. One of these issues would raise significant concerns, but taken together they paint a very troubling picture for nursing and the care sector.
“The care sector, decision makers and nursing leaders must work together to ensure that nursing in the care sector is an attractive career. This must include addressing historic low pay, and assuring clear career pathways which include the opportunity for professional development.
“The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill is an opportunity to address some of the challenges around nurse staffing levels. The RCN is clear that the legislation must apply in care homes. It is crucial that the residents of care services have access to nursing teams with the right numbers of registered nurses, and the right skill mix to provide safe, high quality care.”